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Marble head of a man

A.D. 69–96
H. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
The carefully arranged flat waves of hair around the face and the long loose hair in back indicate that this man held some position in the imperial retinue. Certain figures represented in the triumphal processions carved on the Arch of Titus in Rome and on the Arch of Trajan at Beneventum are shown with long hair. They carry painted panels, shields, or candelabra. Although their exact function or office is unknown, the long hair must have been an important distinguishing trait.
Said to have been found in Rome [Until 1913, with Paul Hartwig, Rome]; acquired in 1913, purchased from P. Hartwig.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1941. Roman Portraits, Vol. 2. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1948. Roman Portraits, 2nd edn. no. 61, p. iv, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Amedick, Rita. 1991. "Die Kinder des Kaisers Claudius. Zu den Porträts des Tiberius Claudius Britannicus und der Octavia Claudia." Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Römische Abteilung, 98: p. 391 n. 72.

Cain, Petra. 1993. "Männerbildnisse neronisch-flavischer Zeit. Ph.D. diss." Ph.D. Diss. cat. no. 63, pp. 182ff., pls. 43, 44. Universität München.

Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 49, pp. 113, 147–48, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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